Cork and the “Beast from the East”: a reportage

 THE ‘BEAST FROM THE EAST’

The “Beast from the east”, that is how we dubbed this polar air front, has also passed over Cork. It has  ended its “race” on Saturday afternoon (3/3/2018) .
Actually,  it hit all the country, with heavy snow and temperature dropped to -15 C in some part of Ireland…
It all started in the early morning of Wednesday, with the first snow and the first chill.

FREEZING THE ISLAND

I show some images that i took from Wednesday to Friday, the 2-3 days when the blizzard turned the city of Cork and most of the Country  like “a white blanket”.
On Thursday morning, even if it was the coldest moment of the “Beast” (-7  Celsius at 10 am) , there was a “shy” sun in the sky and the blizzard has stopped for a while (until mid-afternoon) , so I went for a  walk around the city and I took some pretty eloquent images of the effects caused by this current of icy air coming from Siberia .

WALKING WITH THE BEAST

The path that I made, started from Wilton in the suburbs south west of the city, passing by Lee Fields, up Blair Hill and other high points of the north side, and then descend and return to the Center, entering in Barrack street, passing by the “Lough” and back to Glasheen and then Wilton.

LOUGH FROZEN

Most noteworthy, it was to see the Lough (the city lake of Cork) partially frozen. It happened very rarely, if I remember well, also on winter 2010, during the heavy snowfall happened in Christmas: the Lough was so much frozen that some people went to ice-skate on it causing the police to arrive on the place and arrest them.

THE DAMAGE

I do not speak  only of “visual” effects  the Beast, but also and above all of hardships created to the population and the economy: schools closed, companies closed, bus cancelled, several flights cancelled, hence: people stuck at the airport, risk of illness for the weakest people given the literally polar and unusual temperature for the period, supermarkets closed , many shops and business closed, lack of food, (often excessive queues to supermarkets and excessive food looting), damage to the traffic, risk of increased accidents, risk to the houses and electrical and heating systems, etc..etc ..

THE WHOLE ISLAND HIT

This Beast affected the whole Island: in Cork we had a maximum level of 15  cm of snow, but in Dublin and surrounding areas it fell a lot. I do not know how much but from what I see, I believe a lot (50+ cm in some parts closest to the mountains: in Blessington, 30 km south west of Dublin, a friend, Martha, showed us quite clear images of how much snow bombarded the town).

The extremely cold air (down to – 7 C here in the city) has ceased now, and when i write, on Sunday morning, there is a light rain with temperatures above  zero (3C), but there is still snow on the g round, bringing much damp and risks of flooding in the most sensitive areas (as Lee Fields or city centre quays, e.g).

 

SEE ALSO: CORK AND OPHELIA, A TREE MASSACRE

 

The Beast: 28/2/2018 - that how it began...

28/2/2018, early morning – that how it all began…here in Cork city centre at the bus stop to the Airport

That how the Airport business park was on Wednesday morning

That how the Airport business park was on Wednesday morning

 

The Beast: the situation changed in a few hours, and this is the business park at around 11 am, 28-2

The situation changed in a few hours, and this is the business park at around 11 am, 28-2

Wednesday around noon in Glasheen, Cork

Wednesday around noon in Glasheen, Cork

The sun rays plus the snow create this bright light all around

The sun rays plus the snow create this bright light all around

 The Beast: this is a view of the hill of Cork Aiport, always the same day, 28/2

This is a view of the hill of Cork Aiport, always the same day, 28/2

The Beast: 1/3 - this is how Cork woke up: with 5 cm of "Morning snow"

1/3: this is how Cork woke up: with 5 cm of “Morning snow”

Glasheen road full of snow, early morning of Thursday

Glasheen road full of snow, early morning of Thursday

Gloves as a sign - Cork, Glasheen, 1/3

Gloves as a sign – Cork, Glasheen, 1/3 – on thursday morning the temperature dropped down to -7 C.

A Church in Wilton Road, Cork,Thursday morning (1/3/2018)

A Church in Wilton Road, Cork,Thursday morning (1/3/2018)

Cars covered with a white "blanket"

Cars covered with a white “blanket”

Carrigrohane road

Carrigrohane road

Bridge close to Lee Fields

Bridge close to Lee Fields

A Cat observe the cold world in the warm house

A cat observes the cold world from the warm house

Sunday's well road, North side

Sunday’s well road, North side

The situation in the streets is the same: no cars around, mostly parked and covered

The situation in the streets is the same: no cars around, mostly parked and covered

A panorama of Cork City from Blair's hill

A panorama of Cork City from Blair’s hill

St.Finbarr's from Blair's hill

St.Finbarr’s from Blair’s hill

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View with the airport hill on the background

View with the hill on the background from Blair’s hill

Another wider view of the city centre from the North side

Another wider view of the city centre from the North side

Walking the little dog

Walking the little dog

Cork completely covered

Cork completely covered

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A lady walking uphill in the North side close to Sunday's well road

A lady walking uphill in the North side close to Sunday’s well road

One of the many dangerous ice spikes above dangling from the porch and the roofs

Bachelors' Quay, city centre, flowers pop out from the snow

Bachelors’ Quay, city centre, flowers pop out from the snow

Bachelor's quay, south side

Bachelor’s quay, North side

North main street

North main street

A corner of North Main street

A corner of North Main street

a view of Corn Market

a view of Corn Market…with snow

Washington street

Washington street (1/3/2018)

Gran Parade

Gran Parade

Watch out the dangling ice

Watch out the dangling ice

Barrack street

Barrack street

The Lough, partially frozen

The Lough, partially frozen

this little friend watching the lake frozen

this little friend watching the frozen lake

A wonderful german sheperd with his owner...

A wonderful german sheperd with his owner…

The battle for eating...

“Air Ice skating!”

Walking on the ice

Walking on the ice

Seagull Seagull standing still on the frozen “Lough”

2/3/2018: a blackbird finds finally something for lunch in a house garden

2/3/2018:  a blackbird finally finds something in a house garden for lunch, provided by humans

Blackbird looking out for food around the house gardens

Blackbird looking out for food around the house gardens

Walking in the street of Glasheen, Friday evening

Walking in the street of Glasheen, Cork, Friday evening

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Glasheen, Cork, Wilton close to WIlton Roundabout, evening of 2/3/2018

Glasheen, Cork, Wilton close to WIlton Roundabout, evening of 2/3/2018

Snow man in Wilton Roundabout

Snow man in Wilton Roundabout

Walking in the snow, WIlton Roundabout, Glasheen, Cork

Walking in the snow, Wilton Roundabout, Glasheen, Cork

Wilton Shopping Center. Cork, 2/3/2018, evening

Wilton Shopping Center. Cork, 2/3/2018, evening

Wilton Shopping center fields covered with snow, Cork

Wilton Shopping center fields covered with snow, Cork

Cuh on Friday evening

Cuh on Friday evening

Bishopstown church, 2/3/2018

Bishopstown church, 2/3/2018

Summerstown road, Glasheen, Cork, 2/3/2018

Summerstown road, Glasheen, Cork, with the Airport hill as background, 2/3/2018

Walking in a snowy Summerstown road

Walking in a snowy Summerstown road on Friday evening

One response to “Cork and the “Beast from the East”: a reportage”

  1. Carlos says:

    Very nice shots, congratulations !

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